The long awaited season, Spring, has arrived with its fresh shades of green and blossoms galore. Another sign of spring happens to be the MCRW Tour of Homes. This 24th annual home tour promises to be a delight to its attendees.
The date to remember is Saturday, April 17th, 2010 between 10 o’clock and 5 o’clock. MCRW is grateful to the community minded homeowners whose homes will be on the Tour. The proceeds are for a scholarship to a 2010 Mason County graduate. Any graduating senior who plans to attend college can apply. Applications are available at the counselors’ offices at Mason High School and Grace Christian School.
Tickets can be purchased the week of the Tour at Market Square on the west side of the Square, and also the day of the Tour at the homes on the Tour. Tickets are $10 and will include directions to each home.
Best known as the house on the S-curve on the Fredonia Road, the old Henrich home has new owners, Scott and Pam Evans. Recently of San Antonio the couple loved the house because it had "good bones" and they wanted to revive it. Also they had chosen Mason as a good place to live when their twin daughters had graduated.
Scott had hunted in Mason as a boy so had a draw to it, however it was Mason Tennis that drew Pam. She can be seen playing tennis and helping in the concession stand at tournaments.
Made from cut sandstone with a lighter color hand carved sandstone around the windows, doors, and corners of the house, this home at 649 North Live Oak has already undergone some remodeling. A computer will be set up to view pictures of some of the changes.
The Evans still have much planned for the house and the grounds so this work-in-progress will be available another year to see the completed renovation.
Under extensive renovations in 2008 during MCRW’s Historical Tour of Homes was the Victorian house at 411 San Antonio Street owned by John and Betty Overall of San Marcos.
Originally built by the Fritz Hoersters in the early 1900s, it is now a Bed and Breakfast. The remodeled Victorian and the 1800s German Stone Guest House are offered for touring. Each house has porches which invite rest and relaxation.
The small rock house was one of the first houses built in Mason. Reportedly it was an early stagecoach stop, and around the turn of the century a woman with her five children lived there.
Another home on the Tour with a rock structure behind it is the home of Chuck and Sherrie Patrick at 761 Post Hill. As it was beginning to fall down, Chuck moved the small stone structure back on the lot, reconstructed it, and now has both storage and an amazing backdrop for their yard and decks.
The Patrick’s home was constructed from materials from the two-storied Peter Jordan home. Originally built in 1898 on this site, it was torn down in the 1940s. The Patricks have restored the original long leaf pine floors, windows, and moved a few walls. They spent a couple of years remodeling before moving from Dripping Springs into their home about three years ago.
With the current emphasis on reusing materials, the Patrick’s home is a beautiful example of what care, time, and energy along with talent and vision can accomplish.
Next week’s article will feature three more houses on the April 17th Tour of Homes.